Top critical review
Too much complaining.
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2021
I'm trans and trying to find my way. I put this Audible version up and gave it a listen.
What we have here is an affluent nonbinary musician (able to afford surgery out of pocket as a musician, what does that tell you?) complaining about societies treatment of mostly trans women. How our transness is scrutinized by the press even in unrelated cases. How being outed as a transwoman can ruin a career and expose you to harrassment when all you want to do is live your life.
This is not the author's experience.
The title is revealing if you know the history. Black Like Me is the story of a white journalist who dyed his skin and went undercover in the Deep South. You can forgive John Howard Griffin a little for his stunt. He was writing for black readers.
Still, he was criticized in his time and since then: these were not his stories to tell.
Ironically, Trans Like Me doesn't spend much time on the author's own personal story. I couldn't tell you their assigned gender (though from context I'm inferring they are AFAB). Most trans narratives tend to focus on the author's personal story and experiences. Yes, there are ups and downs to being trans, but at the end of they day they are glad they came out. The joy of living as one's true self eclipses the pains associated with it.
This is the only thing I've read so far that made me regret coming out.